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No Time Like the Present

by Nadine Gordimer

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Nadine Gordimer habla de la decepción sudafricana
http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2013/09/19/actualidad/1379603498_545450.html
El País, 21 sept 2013
  Albertos | Jul 14, 2014 |
I gave up on this book because I had lost the will to live with it. It was well written and was an interesting theme but there wasn't much to recommend it in terms of plot. ( )
  NeilDalley | Dec 16, 2012 |
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Gordimer writes movingly and piercingly about the struggles after the Struggle.
 

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History has to do with manifestations of human freedom in connection with the external world, with time, and with dependence on causes.
~Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
Though the present remains
A dangerous place to live,
Cynicism would be a reckless luxury
~Keroapetse Kgositsile, "Wonded Dreams"
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Reinhold Cassirer
12 March 1908 - 18 October 2001
1 March 1953 - 18 October 2001
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Glengrove Place.  It isn't a glen and there isn't a grove.  It must have been named by a Scot or Englishman for features of a home left behind, when he made money in this city at more than five thousand feet and entered the property market enterprise.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374222649, Hardcover)

A sharply observed new novel about post-apartheid South Africa from the Nobel Prize winner

Nadine Gordimer is one of our most telling contemporary writers. With each new work, she attacks—with a clear-eyed fierceness, a lack of sentimentality, and a deep understanding of the darkest depths of the human soul—her eternal themes: the inextricable link between personal and communal history; the inescapable moral ambiguities of daily life; the political and racial tensions that persist in her homeland, South Africa. And in each new work is fresh evidence of her literary genius: in the sharpness of her psychological insights, the stark beauty of her language, the complexity of her characters, and the difficult choices with which they are faced.

In No Time Like the Present, Gordimer trains her keen eye on Steve and Jabulile, an interracial couple living in a newly, tentatively, free South Africa. They have a daughter, Sindiswa; they move to the suburbs; Steve becomes a lecturer at a university; Jabulile trains to become a lawyer; there is another child, a boy this time. There is nothing so extraordinary about their lives, and yet, in telling their story and the stories of their friends and families, Gordimer manages to capture the tortured, fragmented essence of a nation struggling to define itself post-apartheid.

The subject is contemporary, but Gordimer’s treatment is, as ever, timeless. In No Time Like the Present, she shows herself once again a master novelist, at the height of her prodigious powers.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:54:16 -0400)

"Gordimer trains her keen eye on Steve and Jabulile, an interracial couple living in a newly, tentatively, free South Africa. They have a daughter, Sindiswa; they move to the suburbs; Steve becomes a lecturer at a university; Jabulile trains to become a lawyer; there is another child, a boy this time. There is nothing so extraordinary about their lives, and yet, in telling their story and the stories of their friends and families, Gordimer manages to capture the tortured, fragmented essence of a nation struggling to define itself post-apartheid."--Publisher's website.… (more)

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